We did the 13 night repositioning immediately post dry dock and before Diamond got settled into its Japan season. Having read negative stories we were quite nervous of doing the first cruise post dry dock, and clearly there were some niggles as we were several hours late departing Singapore. Not that it bothered us AT ALL as we got to see the city from the port at night and then sail out in the darkness.... For us it was a bonus
Thus was our first Princess and biggest ship we have been on. It was immense, the ship was incredible, elegant yet fun and simple enough to navigate round. However it is massive and usual issues like lift contention at busy periods apply
We did try speciality restaurants but were underwhelmed actually, probably because the main dining room menu and venues were so good. Usually we eat speciality every night for the better cuisine, ambience etc but absolutely no need here
We did several ship tours, some better than others. Some pretty awful actually and the logistics aspects were painful - especially one day in Vietnam with a tender operation. Given it was a one off route no time to get a rhythm I guess so it was fine
Ship facilities were excellent but unfortunately underused on this voyage. We were in Skywalkers each night for late drinks but there was only ever a handful of people in - a real shame.
Overall though amazing boat, incredible journey.... Once in a lifetime I truly believe. Finally feel happy we've found a line that caters to our needs.
One final word about captain and some officers who had a very strange approach to communicating with passengers. The captain had several strops during the cruise for different reasons - to me it was funny and just decredited him as most other captains are humble and friendly..... This one seemed a bit full of his own importance. This seemed to bleed into other staff who also crossed the line into being rude and disrespectful on occasion